Entire knife, guard and sheath are hand crafted by Daryl Simon.
Handle is naturally shed reindeer antler, guard is brass, the 8" carbon steel blade is made from old circular lumber saw blades.
Knife is signed, dated and numbered. Certificate of authenticity included.
How to Care for Knives:
Care of Carbon Steel Knife Blades
Carbon steel – like 1095 and A-2, to name two—naturally is more prone to something called "oxidation", the most damaging form of which is rust. Another type of oxidation, the kind that darkens a shiny new knife blade, commonly is called "patina"- and it's actually a good thing.
- Before the advent of mass produced stainless steel knives, virtually all blades were carbon steel. When a knife developed a patina of gray or even black, the change in color simply was an indication of use. Some still consider patina a sign of "character" - both the tool's and the owner's.
- Most important, patina forms a sort of protective barrier to more sinister oxidation. It tends to fill in microscopic imperfections in the surface of the steel, making it more difficult for rust to take hold. In fact, many savvy (and impatient) knife owners intentionally "force" a patina on their knives by cutting onions, potatoes, pineapples or strawberries.
- Of course, it's possible to remove patina with fine metal polish. The question is; why would you want to?
First, make sure that you don't let food residue, blood or moisture sit on the blade. Clean the knife after each use, checking to make sure it is dry. Then wipe it down regularly with either gun oil or mink oil. This will keep the rust at bay. Once this is done, sheath it for storage.
Care of Antler Handle on your knife
Natural antler can be re-sealed by applying a light furniture wax or oil and rubbing it in by hand. It is advised not to let this material dry out.